Catch rain-what now?

Photo by Pedro Ramos on Unsplash

BlueBarrel is hosting the Sonoma-Marin Eco-Friendly Garden Tour online this year. The virtual trip begins Saturday, May 15 at 10am PST and will teach a number of water-conversation tips. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Rainwater Catchment Systems
  • Greywater Systems
  • Smart Irrigation Controllers
  • Drip Irrigation Systems
  • Lawn Conversions
  • Sheet Mulching
  • Water-Wise Plant Selection

BlueBarrel Rainwater Catchment Systems provides user-friendly DIY kits for multi-barrel rainwater collection systems using recycled products. Having a system to catch rainwater allows for more sustainable living— protects your local watershed, makes your garden more resilient in the face of natural disasters, recharges groundwater, reduces carbon footprint, maintains healthy soils, and more.

Sign up for the free virtual garden tour here:

Bikes and Bills—Stay Up to Date on Legislation!

By Mel Barnard

The Marin County Bicycle Coalition has put together a legislative round-up on state and federal level bills that would directly affect current and future bicyclists if passed.

  • AB 117 is a state level bill that would set aside $10 million for electric bicycle subsidies. Likely some of this funding would be targeted at low and moderate income families.
  • AB 122 is another state level bill that will allow bicyclists to treat stop signs more as a “yield”, to reflect practical biking concerns. Similar laws in other states have led to no increase in bike rider involved crashes.
  • AB 550 would work on the state level to introduce automated tolling for speeding. This would bypass expensive and flawed police officer enforcement. It would also include provisions to ban facial recognition, cap fines, etc. to avoid abuse.
  • The E-Bike Act would be enacted on the federal level to subsidize e-bikes by creating a refundable tax credit of up to 30% of their bike’s purchase price.

Learn more and how to take action on the Marin County Bicycle Coalition’s site! If you are looking for a way to get involved, advocating for this legislation is an excellent way to push for positive change.

The Authority Speaks Up for Electric Vehicles and Alternative Fuels


By Mel Barnard

The Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) has exciting—or rather, electrifying news to share. Agencies around Marin are adding Electric Vehicles to their fleet and upgrading or installing equipment appropriately for that change.

Transitioning to electric can drive positive change in your life. On a personal level, you don’t have to worry about oil changes, you can save $1,200 a year on fuel and maintenance, electricity is cheaper than gasoline by a significant margin, etc. Transitioning also helps the community by driving more local spending with gas savings and putting safer vehicles on the road. Electric Vehicles also cut out tailpipe emissions and reduce ecological damages to our climate.

TAM has created resources for those looking to transition to more sustainable fuel vehicles as well as information for the community at large.  Some of these resources are linked below, but you can find out even more information on their site.

The San Anselmo Inn is open!—Come and stay in our great town in the heart of Marin


We are excited to finally accept guests, both new and those who have become our friends and family over the years.

We have renovated many rooms, our lobby to allow contactless check-ins, and we will continue to remain focused on providing the best service while keeping our employees and our guests safe and  healthy.

Our own Valenti & Co and all other San Anselmo restaurants offer outdoor dining, including the week-end “dine on the ave”
pedestrians only on San Anselmo Avenue.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

(415) 455 5366